A unique glimpse into the working life of a master etcher, capturing each stage of the process behind his craft. Norman Ackroyd is one of the country's most celebrated landscape artists. Born in Leeds in 1938, he attended the Royal College of Art in the 1960s.

After experimenting with pop art, he gradually turned to his first love, the landscape, and over the last thirty years he has documented some of the most remote corners of Britain.

The Rumblings - Herma Ness, Shetland © Norman Ackroyd 2012

Norman tells the story of his artistic journey and gives a unique glimpse into his working life. Filmed in the converted London warehouse where he lives and works, we follow Norman as he embarks on the final stages of one of his monochrome prints.

From delicate work on the copper plate, through preparation of the aquatint resin that brings shade and texture to the image and the application of the acid which etches the final picture from the copper, the film captures each stage of the process behind his craft.

At the end of the day, without knowing how the piece will turn out, Norman passes it through the printing press, revealing for the first time his latest work, capturing the atmospheric craggy cliff of Muckle Flugga in the Shetland Islands.

Career

Flannan Islands © Norman Ackroyd, 2012
  • 1938: Born Leeds
  • 1956-61: Leeds College of Art
  • 1961-64: Royal College of Art, London
  • 1988: Elected Royal Academician
  • 1994: Appointed Professor of Etching, University of the Arts
  • 2000: Elected Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art
  • 2007: Awarded a C.B.E. for Services to Engraving and Printing

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